CFRE Refresher Course


Register to Attend the CFRE Refresher Course
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Irving Convention Center

In conjunction with the
2019 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

CFRE certification adds value to your contribution to your employers, clients and constituents. In addition, the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study consistently reports that CFREs receive higher compensation than those who do not hold the CFRE credential.

If you are planning to take the CFRE exam, make plans to take this one-day course, brought to you by the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter, the Fort Worth AFP Chapter, and AFP International.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (please arrive in the parking lot 7:30-7:45 a.m.)
WHERE: Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039

General Information

This one-day CFRE Refresher Course takes a new approach that asks you to apply fundraising theory, skills, and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on experience at the five year level. This course will not be presented in a lecture format. To gain the most from the experience and to read the requirements for obtaining your CFRE, you are strongly encouraged to visit the CFRE International website ( including the test content outline, Study Wizard, as well as the resource reading list. This session does not take the place of independent study and relevant experience in preparation for the exam.

Participants receive:

  • Lunch
  • Participant manual (link will be provided to download and print out manual)
  • Approximately 8 hours of instruction
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the course
  • A head start for taking the CFRE Exam


  • $349 AFP Members
  • $449 Non-members

2019 CFRE Refresher Course Facilitators:

Shawn Wills

Shawn Wills, CFRE, has a well-earned reputation as a top development professional, experienced in all aspects of fundraising. Most recently, she served as SVP of Development at Texas Women's Foundation (formerly Dallas Women's Foundation) where she was responsible for providing strategic planning and implementation of all fundraising and development efforts. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Shawn served six years as Chief Development Officer for CitySquare, during which revenue increased from $9.8M to $20.02M. She also has served in roles with Rainbow Days, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, KEARA, and the San Antonio Spurs. Shawn is a native of St. Louis, MO, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She currently serves on the board of the AFP Greater Dallas Chapter and is an adjunct professor at Paul Quinn College. Shawn and her husband, Darin, live in Frisco with their two young daughters, Morgan and Ava.

Lyn Downing

Lyn Downing, CFRE, has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit community and as a professional filmmaker.  With the Alzheimer's Association since 2001, she is Director of Donor Relations and Major Gifts for the Alzheimer's Association-North Central Texas Chapter. Previously President of LD Productions, Lyn produced award-winning documentaries, travel videos, nonprofit and corporate training videos, and projects for broadcast television. Lyn earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing and completed an MBA in management and e-business at Dallas Baptist University. She has served on nonprofit boards and committees, including the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club board, where she was elected the organization's first female president. She also served as president of the Fort Worth chapter of AFP. Personally, in 2019 Lyn will celebrate her 49th wedding anniversary with her college sweetheart. They have two grown children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and the sweetest 6-year-old grandson.

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